After the government, through the Ministry of Education, issued new fee guidelines for 2023, ending the subsidized fee program introduced in the 2021 school calendar, parents of children in boarding schools will now be required to dig even deeper into their pockets in order to finance their children’s education.

Parents with children enrolled in all National and Extra County Schools in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Nyeri, Thika, and Eldoret will now pay a total of Ksh 53,554 per year instead of the Ksh 45,000 they have been paying since 2021, according to guidelines issued by Dr. Julius Jwan, the departing Principal Secretary of the State Department for Early Learning and Basic Education, on November 15, 2022.

Rather than paying the current Ksh 35,000 annually, parents whose children attend boarding and Extra County schools in other regions will now pay Ksh 40,535.

Even so, the government will subsidize each student attending a boarding school with the same amount of money (Ksh 22, 244) as it does each student attending a day school.

This will cover tuition (teaching, learning resources, and exams), for which the government has allotted Ksh 4,144; medical/insurance costs (Ksh 2,000); activities (Ksh 1,500); and the Ksh 200 allocated for Strengthening of Mathematics and Science in Secondary Education (SMASSE).

Additionally, Ksh 5,000 is given for other vote heads, such as maintenance and improvement, (local travel and transportation, power, and employee emoluments (Ksh 9,400)).

From January of the next year, parents whose children attend special needs schools will pay Ksh 12,790 annually instead of Ksh 10,860, while the government will provide a subsidy of Ksh 53,807 annually per student.

The grant includes Ksh 19,053 for boarding supplies and equipment as well as a Ksh 12,510 top-up grant for assistive technology and any additional staff that may be required.

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The Ministry added that the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) will be used to collect enrollment information on December 15, 2022, March 31, 2023, and June 30, 2023 in order to provide government subsidies to all public schools.

The government previously provided financial support for the charges parents were paying for the 2021–2022 school year, despite the fact that there were only 30 weeks in the year rather than the usual 39.

The typical January–December school calendar, which was disrupted by the COVID-19 epidemic in March 2020 and resulted in the closure of schools for over a year, is anticipated to return to normal in January 2023.

According to the Ministry’s recently issued school calendar, pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools will begin on January 23, 2023, and end 13 weeks later on April 21, 2023.

The first term will end with a two-week holiday from April 22 to May 2, 2023, after a three-day half-term break between March 23 and March 26.

May 8 marks the start of the second term, which will expire on August 11. Between June 29 and July 2, students will have a three-day half-term break, while the two-week end-of-term break will take place between August 12 and August 27.

Starting on August 28 and running until November 3, 2023, is the third term.

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